A friend of mine has decided to take the rather radical step to break ties with his alma mater over recent support given by the administration to a certain - ahem - pro choice presidential candidate. He drafted a convicting letter which he is boldy circulating on facebook and beyond, drawing no small amount of criticism from former classmates and current students alike, and I want to thank him for his boldness, so here goes:
Thanks for putting this letter out there, obviously it's getting people's minds working in ways that they may find... inconvenient. It's a tough issue, abortion is. But then, murder is always a tricky thing to discuss/defend/extol. For those of us who are here to voice our opinions on the subject (and 1 out of 4 of our generation are not) we may want to give some serious consideration to abortion as a stark, startling reality.
It's not an issue, not a political agenda, not a personal choice... it is the willful termination of a human life. In every other arena this is called murder. And the scale upon which abortion has been perpetuated? That's generally referred to as genocide.There are pretty words that we can invoke to clothe the mystery of a mother taking the life of her own child, but no amount of rhetoric changes the cold fact that where two hearts were beating, now one remains.
Choice. Difficult decision. Private matter. Agonizing alternative... none of these quite capture the essence, the intrinsic evil that is abortion. But then, our generation, we've been carefully groomed to stay in line and not to ask any questions. Thanks for being unkempt, unruly, and inquisitive enough to step out of line. Thanks for being a real man.
The school in question is Messiah College.
The letter can be read in its entirety (for the facebook-savvy among you) here